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Thinking About Communications, and a Farewell
Apr 17, 2015
Looking at the calendar, I see that according to today's date, I am . . . just about . . . RETIRED!...
It Started with the WOM
Apr 01, 2015
Spoof news releases commemorating April Fools’ Day have a long and storied history in technology publications....
APEC Opens with a Blizzard of Product Disclosures
Mar 16, 2015
The IEEE Applied Power Technology Conference (APEC) opened Monday, March 16, in Charlotte, N.C., with a host of product announcements ranging from a...
Ideas and Media
Feb 24, 2015
Internet pioneer Vint Cerf “warned of a ‘forgotten generation, or even a forgotten century’ that awaits us when ‘bit rot’ takes hold and our digital...
Feb 02, 2015
Don recalls some cases (and solutions) from his personal files of engineering detection....
Jan 25, 2015
Please, somebody, come up with a biometric authentication that doesn’t work if I’m dead....
The Temperature Digitizer Jim Williams Might Have Wished For 25 Years Ago
Nov 24, 2014
A new part that connects to any thermocouple, thermistor, or Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD) and digitizes the temperature being sensed to an...
Are CubeSats Adding to Space Junk?
Sep 29, 2014
“CubeSats are supposed to come down within 25 years. However, there is no enforcement of this rule.”...
Agilent T&M becomes Keysight; the Old HP Labs Keep the Agilent Name
Aug 02, 2014
The old Agilent, you may remember, was spun off from HP in 1999, when the company decided to divest itself of any products that were not computers or...
Who Was This Mho Guy?
Jul 01, 2014
The old-fashioned unit, cycles/second, which was helpful in solving equations by dimensional analysis, became the Hertz, which required an extra...
The Maker/HackerSphere Evolves
Jun 27, 2014
"Finally, on the Maker theme, let’s not forget the oldest Makers, the ham radio community."...
Google Glass Guts Prove Surprisingly Cheap
May 14, 2014
"The BoM (Bill of Materials) cost for the $1,500 Glass is $152.47."...
Conflict Minerals and the Tantalum Capacitor Supply Chain
May 12, 2014
" . . . tantalum electrolytics, without stretching the analogy too far, might be considered the “blood diamonds” of electronics."...
How the World's Smallest UPS Was Designed
Apr 13, 2014
"Well, for the first question, the fundamental aim of this product was to integrate all of the necessary components to build a capacitor-based short-...
PMBus, GaN, And More Dominate APEC 2014
Mar 21, 2014
He [Carl Blake] was particularly tickled because one of the speakers in the plenary sessions had pointed to the lack of such data as an indicator...
Don Tuite covers Analog and Power issues for Electronic Design’s magazine and website. He has a BSEE and an M.S in Technical Communication, and has worked for companies in aerospace,...
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